Stop turning at beginning or end of Day 18?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ewe Mama2, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Ewe Mama2

    Ewe Mama2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, this is a type A question - I know I'm supposed to stop turning the eggs on Day 18, but is it at the end of Day 18, or from the beginning og Day 18 onward that I no longer turn?

    I am having an incredible time watching my 13 babies incubate (candling is way too much fun!), but I don't want to screw up in the home stretch!

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

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    I do mine at the end and sometimes the beginning of 19. I have done it earlier and had good results too. I just do it a little later for humidity sake.
     
  3. Roo

    Roo Out Of The Brooder

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    I stop turning at the end of day 17
    and do not turn at all on day 18 and
    have had 100% hatch rate at times
    usually 90 to95% on none shipped
    eggs.
     
  4. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This last hatch I didn't stop turning until the middle of day 19 and I had the best hatch I have ever had.
     
  5. Skitz

    Skitz Skitz15k

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    I turn them at the end of day 18
     
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Doesn't matter. I think day 18 is a buffer anyway. Most won't pip the membrane until day 20. Hens turn the eggs up until hatch so I don't think they really need to be still to position but the humidity does have to stay high to keep the membrane soft. The only risk I see to stopping later on day 18 or early day 19 is if your temps have been off and they hatch a day or 2 early. The membrane may be too dry and tough for them to pip. If they go on time then I haven't seen any proof it will negatively impact them to stop turning later. I also have stopped turning on day 17 when I had to and my hatch rates were at least the same if not higher.
     
  7. JamesA

    JamesA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually take out the turner when I get time on day 18.I do not think it makes a big difference. [​IMG]
     
  8. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    I stop turning whenever i think of it and have 10 minutes on day 17-18.
     

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